Christmas trees unshaken by drought of summer 2012

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If you plan to purchase a real Christmas tree during Thanksgiving weekend (or anytime after that), you’ll be happy to know that the summer drought didn’t affect the quality or the prices of trees for 2012.

Experts tell Consumers Digest that only saplings that were planted within the past 2 years likely were to have been damaged by the drought, whereas mature trees, which were planted almost 10 years ago, had deeper roots that could access more moisture from deeper soil.

As a result, no shortage of Christmas trees exists this year, which means that prices won’t go up. The drought-related loss of young trees this year likely won’t contribute to a Christmas tree shortage in future years, because growers will compensate for the sapling loss by letting some of their trees mature a few years more before cutting them down, says Rick Dungey from National Christmas Tree Association.

It also is unlikely that sapling losses will affect prices for this year’s tree supply directly because Christmas tree growers average out the costs of growing a tree over a 10-year span, says Cheryl Nicholson, who is a spokesperson for Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association.

– K. Fanuko